Rivaroxaban is more commonly known by its brand name Xarelto. The drug is a blood thinner that is often prescribed to prevent clots. Doctors also prescribe the drug to prevent or treat deep vein thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, stroke, pulmonary embolisms and more. For some patients, the risks associated with Xarelto far outweigh the benefits.
Have You Suffered From Complications Related to Xarelto?
While the prescription medication Xarelto has helped some patients, it has caused tragic complications in others. Xarelto has been found to cause major bleeding events in certain patients, which can prove deadly. At Hawkins Spizman Kilgo, our Xarelto lawsuit attorneys are here to assist you. We will fight the drug manufacturers on your behalf. If you are facing or have faced complications related to the taking of Xarelto, call our office today at (770) 626-7847 for a free consultation. We don’t get paid unless you do.
Why Xarelto Is Considered Dangerous
The prescription medication Xarelto was first launched in 2011. Pharmaceutical giants Johnson & Johnson and Bayer worked together to develop the drug. Despite being marketed as one of the best anticoagulants, studies of the medication showed that it was dangerous. Warfarin, another popular medication used for the same purposes also posed a threat, but bleeding risks could be reversed with the administration of vitamin K. The same is not true of Xarelto.
If Xarelto causes bleeding, it can be difficult to control. Once taken, the drug remains in the body for 24 hours. If bleeding starts, a patient has no choice but to hope that the bleeding stops once the medication has been eliminated from the system.
There have been lawsuits filed across the country against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer because of the dangers that have been associated with the medication. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits claim that Xarelto caused injuries that ranged from cerebral hemorrhaging to gastrointestinal bleeding. In some cases, plaintiffs assert that the drug caused injuries that were fatal.
Not only has the drug caused injuries, but plaintiffs allege that:
- Johnson & Johnson and Bayer continued to claim that the drug was safe and market it as such, despite knowing this was untrue;
- The manufacturers of the drug did not provide sufficient information to medical professionals with regards to stabilizing and treating complications associated with the drug; and
- Patients were not given adequate information regarding the risks associated with taking Xarelto.
Current Claims Against Xarelto
To date, there have been over 18,000 lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer. These lawsuits claim that the risks posed by the drug were not appropriately disclosed. In their defense, the pharmaceutical companies are claiming that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the drug was both safe and effective for the patients it was prescribed to.
Three cases were heard in early 2017. In each case, the sitting judge ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson and Bayer. A fourth trial will be held in Texas before another is heard in Pennsylvania. It is true that the outcomes of the first three cases were in favor of the pharmaceutical companies, but there are 40 more cases waiting in the wings. Because of the number of claims that have been filed, it will be quite some time before a final decision can be made with regards to the drug.
In addition to these complications, Xarelto may also cause:
- Abnormal liver function
- Skin reactions
- Pulmonary embolism
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
Who Can You Hold Liable?
In most cases, the entities held liable for complications or conditions like those listed above are the manufacturers of the drug. In some cases, however, a medical provider could be held liable for complications arising from the taking of Xarelto. If your doctor was aware of the side effects and risks associated with the medication and did not advise you in such a way that you were able to make an informed decision, that medical provider could be held liable. In cases such as this, you could file a lawsuit for medical malpractice against your doctor.
No matter who will be held liable, there is a statute of limitations with regards to filing Xarelto lawsuits. The statute of limitations varies from state to state but, in most cases, you only have two years to file a suit. Typically, the clock starts ticking the moment you discover an injury or complication caused by the drug.
Talk to a Xarelto Lawsuit Attorney Today
If you believe that you have suffered complications connected with the drug Xarelto in Atlanta, do not wait to contact an attorney. Time is already running out. Call Hawkins Spizman Kilgo today to speak with a Xarelto lawsuit attorney. We will speak to you at no cost and you are under no obligation to hire us following your meeting. We will review the details of your case during your consultation and advise you of your legal rights. Call today at (770) 626-7847 or contact us online today.